Baghdadi is not dead, IS releases a video

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is not dead as believed or claimed earlier. A video released by the terror group reveals he is alive, but authenticity of the claim is yet to be verified.

This is the first time since July 2014 Baghdadi has appeared in a video in which he is seen sitting and talking to three other individuals.

However, faces of the three have been blurred to conceal identity.

The video is released just about a week after multiple explosions on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka targeting churches and hotels. The IS claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks.

The video was released by the group’s Al Furqan network and Baghdadi is heard saying revenge is to be taken for the death of IS fighters.

In the video Baghdadi referred end of IS fight in Syria’s Baghouz in past tense. This mean it has been shot recently, but the exact time of shooting is not clear.

In his 18-minute long speech the terror leader is seen wearing a black robe and a beige vest in the video. His long grey beard is dyed with henna. He spoke slowly with several pauses.

In a separate video the 47-year-old is learned to have referred Easter Sunday Sri Lanka attacks too.

In 2014 he appeared in public in Mosul and declared Islamic caliphate in most parts of Syria and Iraq. Since then he was reported killed or injured.

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